AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, and it definitely fit the meal. A sweet and spicy beer, roasted malts, molasses, slight bananas, and tons of autumn spices giving it a pumpkin pie quality. Very fitting for the season, and a good, interesting beer, but not something I would drink everyday--a little too sweet (in the wrong way) for my everyday tastes.
TheEpeeist (3428) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with diminishing beige foam. Nose is nutmeg, cinnamon and earthy yam. Medium body with a tang. Taste is yeasty sweet potato pie then bitter spices. Certainly has the biggest vegetal presence of similar brews i’ve tried but succumbs, as is often the case, to an unpleasant stale spice finish.
Plovmand (6678) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Unclear brown body with a small off white head. The aroma is fruity and light sour with notes of syrup and spices. Heavy sweet pumpkin flavour with some spices and dark sugar. Body is close to flat.
bp (816) - Queens, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Had this for thanksgiving, spiced and sweet aroma, dark with a thin white head, sweet and malty taste with fairly full body.
jrob21 (2738) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first foray with this bruery and I know understand what the hype is about. A truly interesting take on a movement in the beer world for autumn/spice/pumpkin beers that has raised the bar for everyone else. Too often are these types of beers just regular beers with a little bit of clove and cinnamon thrown in to give you a spiced holiday feel. This beer however blends a couple of new ingredients to add subtle complexities to a smashing base brown ale. A lot of maple syrup in the flavor for me along with a little bit of nuttiness. A bit of a sweetness on the finish but not an overly sugary sweetness. I’m guessing the sweetness comes from the yam aspect. Really enjoyed this interesting take on a fall beer and looking forward to more from these guys.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served this one pre-Thanksgiving meal to a couple of my beer drinking guests since beer sampling is as important as the Turkey on Thanksgiving. This brew was the surprise big hit of the day. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and alcohol. Nice smooth spicey flavors - lots of cinnamon and nutmeg - and the yams are not nearly as overpowering as pumpkin seems to be in beer. Also picked up some gingerbread and some warming alcohol. This beer was a nice addition to the holiday meal.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle. Lightly hazy brown-red with a medium off-white head. Lots of spice and some alcohol in the aroma, with nutmeg and sweet potato standing out. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a boozy kick in the back and a dry finish. I’m going to have to say that this has breached the upper limit of pumpkin (yam) ale. The alcohol is just a little to dominant in the flavor profile, with some complimenting maple and spice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice, but a little to ambitious.
unclemattie (4301) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, shared on Thanksgiving 2009. light brown color, slow steady carbonation. aroma of spices, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. bready belgian dough yeast scent. big alcohol, nice candied sugars flavor. Not much sweetness, all sugar has been eaten up. finishes very dry.
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highibus (742) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a beautiful orange copper with off white head. aroma of alcohol and spice. A bit of belgian yeast and i think I can pick up the yam. flavor up front is a nice belgian brown with a bit of sweetness before the yrast comes in. nicely complex. layers of dark fruit, yams and residual sweetness. nice yeasty finish.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this after Thanksgiving dinner today. Bottle pours semi-cloudy brown with light tan head. Aroma is coriander, allspice, clove, and has a dominant belgian yeast note. Stinging mouthfeel from the high carbonation. Flavor follows the nose and I wish this had more yam or maple flavor. The yeast just simply dominates and any yam or maple flavors are overshadowed by the yeast. Its tasty. It simply could have been better.